Big Peat Small Batch Blended Malt Whisky ~ Islay, Scotland
80/100 Whisky Wash
96/100 Whisky Bible 2011
Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year - Whisky Bible
Douglas Laing's Big Peat is a Blended Islay malt containing spirit from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen. With a pedigree like that, Big Peat is a nailed-on winner. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Nose - A magnificent array of salt and bitty peat; heavy yet light enough for the most delicate of citrus. Hard to find a nose that screams “Islay” at you with such a lack of ambiguity: it is, frankly, perfect.
Palate - The delivery is constructed around a fabulous bourbon Demerara sugar and liquorice framework; the peat enters as soon as this is in place and in varying layers of oiliness and depth. The mid-ground sees the re-emergence of the more complex Ardbeg and Port Ellen factions, a bourbon style, small grains busyness.
Finish - Long, softly oiled still and then slow dissolving liquorice and spice; vanillas pop up very late, still accompanied by soft Demerara;
Established in 1948, Douglas Laing is a proudly independent, family-owned Scotch Whisky business in its third generation. Over 70 years of heritage have helped us to refine our processes, and deliver Whisky that is consistently exceptional in its offering. Abiding by the philosophy of presenting Whisky as the Distiller intended, we add nothing and take nothing away from our spirit, enabling Whisky lovers around the world to come as close as they possibly can to sampling a dram straight from the Cask.